NEW YORK--Facebook will bring the Chat Heads messaging multitasking feature of its Home launcher for Google's Android to Facebook app for Apple's iOS this week, according to a senior Facebook executive.
Facebook plans to bring select features of its new Home launcher Google's Android to its mobile social networking app for Apple's iOS.
Barnes & Noble is bolstering its Nook tablets and e-readers by preloading popular social networking applications Pinterest and Twitter as well as a revamped version of Facebook.
Facebook is extending its new Chat Heads messaging multitasking feature to its standalone Facebook Messenger application for Google's Android.
Facebook has acquired Osmeta, a Mountain View, Calif.-based mobile software startup co-founded in mid-2011 by former Google/IBM executive Amit Singh. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the deal to TechCrunch but offered no additional comment. Financial terms are unknown.
Mobile publishers like Facebook, Twitter, Pandora and The Weather Channel are rapidly gaining control of the U.S. mobile display advertising market, ending years of dominance by ad networks like Google, Millennial Media and Apple, research firm IDC reports.
WhatsApp has refuted reports it is in talks to sell its over-the-top messaging platform to Google .
Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications Frank X. Shaw criticized Facebook's new Home launcher for Android, stating the concept is "remarkably similar to the launch event we did for Windows Phone two years ago."
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Facebook has vowed its forthcoming Home launcher will not violate consumer privacy rules, outlining its data collection practices and assuring users they can disable location-based services at any time.